For You in Your 20’s and You Who Will Pray For Them

**UPDATE: We are just so happy to have all of you 20-somethings flock to requesting prayer! Our faithful God surely hears, and cares to His core! If you do not see a specific partner reply to your request, know that the LPM Staff have adopted you. We will pray for each of you, joyfully!

One of my favorite things about Twitter is that we can come to really love someone we wouldn’t have even known to like. Someone from an entirely different part of the country or the planet. Someone from a totally different tradition of our faith. Someone in another generation who serves God in a way that is fresh and exhilarating to us. I have a whole mental list of those and just this morning prayed for a number of young women that I’ve gotten to “know” there on that ridiculous stream of social media that I love. It is a young man that I’ve come to appreciate so much, however, that prompted this post. His name is Jefferson Bethke. I didn’t know anything about him until 6 months ago when Melissa, my youngest daughter, told me she enjoyed following him on Twitter. He is a great communicator God clearly has His hand upon and a poet who creates fantastic thought-provoking videos. I’m glad to have the privilege to tell you about him but that’s not why I’m bringing him up today. A week or so ago on Twitter he mentioned sitting on the airplane, moved with emotion over various testimonies he’d been reading of lives dramatically changed by Jesus Christ. It hit me right then that one of the things I loved best about him is that the young man simply has a pure heart. He just flat-out loves Jesus and loves people. It’s consistent in everything he says and writes. I felt an urgency right that moment to ask God to protect that holy passion and sustain it the length of his days.

And that’s when I thought of all of you in his same generation who really do want to honor God and fulfill the purpose for which He planted your feet on this earth.

Here’s what I want to say to you: you really can maintain a pure and fiery heart toward Christ and His mission on earth but make no mistake: you will not do it by accident.

If you want a pure heart, you better be willing to fight for it. You will not keep it any other way.

The first big relief is that we can’t conjure one up on our own. God alone can create in us a pure heart and renew a right spirit within us. (Psalm 51:10) He alone can set it ablaze with holy passion. But out of God’s sovereign wisdom, He determined that guarding the heart He formed and lit within us would, in many ways, fall to us. We’re to own part of that job.

Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

Our second huge relief is that we can have a pure heart whether or not we have a pure past. Thank You, Jesus. If not, I and many others would be stuck for a lifetime with dark distorted hearts and deformed desires.

There are many other things more effective voices could tell you about guarding your heart toward Christ, toward people He’s sent you to serve and toward His mission on this planet. Ask them and learn from them. My purpose today is to pitch into the mix a couple of things that I’ve learned – and keep learning – in case any of it resonates with you. I also want to pray for you and call others to do the same. Here goes:

*Your heart will cool off if you do nothing to guard it. Jesus warned us in the 24th chapter of Matthew that “because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” (V.12) We’re exposed to so much suffering and violence, pain, pretense, and wrongdoing in the world that, even as a defense against feeling so much, we’ll naturally thicken up. I’m certainly not suggesting we be less informed. Uninformed Christians can be a waste of light in the darkness. What I’m suggesting is that, if you want to keep a warm, feeling heart, you better be prepared to fight like mad for it.

*Over time, you can get really cynical. For one thing, cynicism can be really funny so we get drawn to it. It also tends to be cooler. You have to be willing to be one of those that the cynics could make fun of.

*You have to realize that guarding your heart means guarding its willingness to love and be exposed out there where it can get wronged or wounded. A couple of years ago I was researching God’s self-disclosure in Exodus 34:5-7 and stumbled onto something that totally changed the way I looked at guarding my heart. Here’s the segment so you can see it for yourself:

5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love…

See that word “maintaining”? It is a form of the same Hebrew term used in Proverbs 4:23  for “guarding” our hearts. In other words, a huge part of guarding my heart is maintaining love. It was a total game changer for me because somehow I had associated guarding my heart with keeping it sheltered. Try to fathom that God actively maintains His love toward us. He guards it. Using that same concept, He calls us to maintain our love toward other people. If I want to stay in love with my husband, for instance, I better actively practice maintaining it because, left to its nature, it will grow cold.

One of the things that God keeps teaching me to do is pray with everything in me and on an ongoing basis to love Jesus more than anything I can see or touch in this human realm. He promises in Scripture to grant us everything we pray in His will and in His name. (1 John 5:14-15)  Since His greatest command was that we love (Mark 12:30-31), you can pray for it with absolute confidence that He’s going to do it. In fact, every time you ask God for it, go ahead and thank Him in advance that He’s going to accomplish it. He will. Then when He starts doing it, you start guarding it with all your might.

Ask Him continually to stir fire in your bones for His Word and for His mission. Ask Him to sustain it in you and teach you how to guard it through every inch of your lifespan. Only put up with a sense of spiritual flatness for a matter of days. That’s completely normal. But when it begins to turn into weeks, go face-down on that floor and ask God to give you insight into what seems off and to revive your heart. Don’t just accept coldness. Fight for love.

What is it you want from God? Pray for it feverishly! “Pursue love and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts.” That’s what 1 Corinthians 14:1 says.

Also ask others to pray these things over you. That’s what I am hoping this blog post will be about today.

Here’s what I’m asking all of you to do if you’re willing:

*Those of you in your 20’s, tell us at least your first name, where you’re from, and a little bit about you in a comment so that we can personalize our intercessions for you.

*The rest of you choose one of them to pray for (or two, if you have the time), let them know in a reply under their comment that you are adopting them for intercession for the next 14 days. Tell them where you’re from as well. I think they’ll like knowing that, too. As long as every 20-something gets signed-up for, it doesn’t matter if a number of you are praying for the same individual. If they’re like us, they’d be ecstatic to have the extra prayer covering. Pray as you feel led by God but, within that intercession, pray particularly for God to stir up and sustain a holy passion in them for Himself, His mission, and for people on this planet, and that they will be alert and proactive in guarding their hearts to last a lifetime. Ask God forthrightly to deliver them from any area of bondage, strengthen them in temptation, and deliver them from evil. Love them with all your might through prayer.

Let’s partner with this generation and intercede powerfully for them. They are the rising future of the church of Jesus Christ at this tumultuous time on the Kingdom calendar. Let’s pray them out there.

 

Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.  1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 ESV

 

 

 

PS. To our regular blog community: I put this in a comment but I’m afraid many of you may not see it.

I am grateful beyond expression for your participation on this post. Please move at the same pace that you see our 20-somethings sign up. In other words, if at our first moderation there are 15 of them, see that all 15 are spoken for then, instead of doubling and tripling up on the same small group, watch for others to be posted and claim those. Assume in about 48 hours that we’ll probably have around 80% of the 20-somethings that will end up participating. Still, check every couple of days for about a week to make sure everybody gets covered if you don’t mind. Sisters, this woman right here KNOWS how powerfully you pray. I’ve seen it. I’ve felt it. You are solid gold in the Kingdom of God! Pray for these young people like you’d want somebody to pray for your own children, whether or not you have any. Take them on as blood. Pray with faith and holy fire. Pray like the near future of the church depends on Jesus revealing Himself through them. They are so worth it. JESUS is so worth it.

I love you guys madly.

Beth

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  1. 951
    Sydney Smith says:

    Hi, my name is Sydney and I am graduating from Mercer University in two weeks. I am so scared about starting this next chapter of my life. I am recently single, and though I grew up in church, I am just now finding my way back to God. I feel so close to God right now, but I do not want to lose the relationship that Him and I have built in the last few weeks. I am learning to trust God with every decision in my life. Yesterday, I finished the Breaking Free series, and have never felt more free. I know that God has great plans for me and I am on my knees crying out to him all the time for guidance. I have never felt such a strong want for God to just fill me up with His Word, Peace, and Love. I just pray that God will keep my heart focused on Him along with my mind. And I would could honestly use all the prayer possible to help me through this stage of my life.

    If you ever want to contact me, my twitter is @ssmit332.

    P.S. Mrs. Moore, you have also made such an impact on my life. Thank you so much for all you do for God’s work. You have no idea how much you have helped me over the past ten weeks.

    • 951.1
      Lee Ann says:

      Sydney, I will commit to cover you in prayer!! I live just north of you in Frederick,MD. God is good to us His daughters. He is faithful, we must Seek His Face!!! He will do for you, as you cry out, He will respond!!!! Praise His Holy Name, Lee Ann

  2. 952
    Amy says:

    Hello! I’m Amy from Roanoke, Virginia. I just recently graduated from college and started my own wedding planning business. I’ve noticed that it’s very easy for me to become caught up in my work and everything surrounding it. I also moved into a house with some girlfriends who are very strong Christians. I know that will be great for me and my spiritual growth but I’ve found myself being very cynical, like you said in the post. My heart is very cold towards God. My head doesn’t want to be but my heart won’t allow any change. I would love some prayer to warm up my heart.

    • 952.1
      Janine says:

      Hi Amy, my name is Janine and I live in Minneapolis, MN. I am a stay at home mom to 3 boys – so praying for a girl will be such a blessing! I will be praying for the Lord to warm your heart up to Him, for you to see His constant care and love for you in every part of your day. I know He will honor that request! I will pray for true friendship with your roommates that you can all have grace for each other and you feel comfortable to be your authentic self with them, honest about where you are right now in your walk with Him. I became a christian when I was your age and am now 44 – He has been so faithful! I will be praying for protection around your heart!

    • 952.2
      Denise Keeter says:

      I will pray for you Amy and for your heart to be transformed by the love, grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. He loves you deeply and being in a close relationship with him can be the biggest Joy Ride of your life. I grew up in Winchester,VA. I’m a military wife and mom of three. Most of all I enjoy serving in women’s ministry & I get that opportunity every time we move. Praying for you regularly!! 🙂

  3. 953
    Kara Irby says:

    My name is Kara and I am 24 years old living in Mississippi. I am a high school math teacher in a very poverty stricken school. I would have never dreamed that at 24 this is what I would be doing, but God shows me a piece of his great plan through the love of these kids everyday. After reading Beth’s blog I was so moved and couldnt resist knowing that I would have mighty prayer warriors sending up petitions on my behalf. All I want is God’s plan for my life but the hard part is trusting that no matter what my physical eye may see that his plan is perfect for me. Thank you for having a heart for us “20 somethings.”

    • 953.1
      Sheri says:

      Kara, I would be delighted to interceed for you.
      I already love you with the live of the LORD.

    • 953.2
      Michelle says:

      Hi Kara,
      My name is Michelle and I am a mom of 2 kids living in Alberta, Canada. Bless you for how you are using your life to bless those kids!!! I have a heart for kids and families and I know that God will use you in a mighty way as you show the love of Jesus to those kids… some of them who are feeling true, unconditional love for the first time. Keep going Kara! I will pray for you as you teach those kids. You are ministering to them in your dedication and in your caring for their well being. “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

      • Sherry says:

        Dear Kara,

        Bless your heart!! I have been teaching school for 33 years! Most of that in a high school. It is hard work – but it can be the most rewarding work in the world. I will certainly keep you in my prayers. Please continue to have faith and trust that the Lord will put students in your path who will respond to sweet smiles and happy, kind words. You will not be able to reach them all! Save some of the blessings for others as well! (Just don’t get discouraged!)

        God’s blessings to you!

    • 953.3

      Kara – I would be honored to pray for you !
      I am also a public school teacher in Mississippi, and I have a feeling I know exactly how you feel . Even though you did not pack up and move to parts unknown, you ARE in the mission field – and those students will gain so many blessings from you and your faith.
      I am looking forward to seeing how God works in your life !

    • 953.4
      Marta Herring says:

      Kara, I will pray for you. I also teach school (26 years) and I also teach in Mississippi. You can definitely change lives in the classroom and have an amazing influence on your students in ways you’ve never dreamed. I am constantly reminded that they hang on my every word and sometimes many years later, I have heard that a child remember something that I spoke that encouraged them or something that helped them in their faith. Most of the time, I didn’t even remember it! God gets all the credit, because I’m sure there are many things I wouldn’t want to remember. Blessings to you as you are winding up your school year.

  4. 954
    Moniqui says:

    Hello!
    My name is Moniqui (pronounced Monique). I’m 22 years old.
    I’m from Southern California, went to Biola university for 4 years. I serve in the women’s ministry as well as teach the youth and children dance. I’m currently in a relationship, going on 5 months but we’ve known each other for 8 years. Not sure how much of my life I’m suppose to share but I was so overwhelmed with love reading this blog. I really just want to serve with everything I am to honor God and it does get difficult at times but I have to remind myself of why I love my God!
    God bless in abundance!

    • 954.1
      Michelle says:

      Hi Moniqui,
      My name is Michelle and I live in Alberta, Canada. I will pray for you. You are making a huge commitment to serve in full time ministry and I know that God will richly bless you for that choice. He loves you more than any earthly love, so hold fast in that love, and know that He will work it out for his glory and for your good. Hold on to that promise.

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    Katie T. says:

    I’m Katie. I’m 29 and I’m from Denver, Colorado. I have been battling a 29 year long battle with food addiction and just recently passed my 30 days of “sobriety.” Ever since then I’ve been in full-blown spiritual warfare to stay on track every day. I so much appreciate your prayers and your tenderness to those in my generation!!

    • 955.1
      Helen Wall says:

      Hi Katie,
      My name is Helen and I am from Crystal City, Manitoba, Canada. It is an honor to pray for you and I know that God is bigger and He will bring complete and lasting freedom. He knows your heart intimately and loves you so much. You are deeply loved and loveable!! Blessings!!

    • 955.2
      Sandy says:

      Katie – I would love to pray for you. You touched my Mom’s heart because my daughter is also 29 and has battled her weight all her life and is now doing just what you are doing – and oh does that enemy love to fight that, right? Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world…but it doesn’t always feel that way. I will pray for the you to be clad in the armor of God each day. I’m from Wisconsin and will hold you up high in prayer.

    • 955.3
      April Lopez says:

      I will pray for you Katie.My name is April Lopez from BonneyLake,Washington. Praise God for your recent 30 day sobriety.
      I have struggled with food addiction as well so I know some of what your going through. My heart is with you dear sister and will daily lift you up before HIS throne.

    • 955.4
      Roxanne Worsham says:

      Sweet Katie,

      Congratulations on 30 days!!! Let me pray for you. I suffered from obesity and food addiction most of my life and have just begun to gain ground against the battle of the bulge! It would be my great honor to intercede for you. You and God are a majority and YOU can do it because GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU!!!! Don’t look at how far you have to go, look at how far you’ve already come!! GLORY!! 30 days, Girlfriend!!!!!!
      I live in Houston and will turn the BIG 5-0 this summer. I am married to a wonderful man of 21 years and we have a precious 18 year old son who graduates from high school in 4 weeks.
      Please feel free to email me for encouragement! I am a great encourager! I will pray, pray, pray, for you!!! Reach for protein when you are hungry. It satisfies the longest. BLESSINGS, Katie!!! 🙂

    • 955.5
      Kathleen says:

      Hi Katie. My name is Kathleen and I live in Phoenix, AZ. I, too, have struggled for the majority of my 61 years on this earth with a food addiction. I recently finished Beth’s “Breaking Free” study, joined Weight Watchers, and by the grace of God have lost 14 pounds. I understand the spiritual warfare to stay on track every day. You are covered in prayer. It is a blessing to be able to intercede for you in the holy name of Jesus! YOU ARE LOVED.

    • 955.6
      Sheila says:

      Hi Katie,

      I know your struggle personally and I will pray for you. Count on it! “And God is able to make ALL grace abound to you, so that in ALL things, at ALL times, having ALL that you need, you will abound in EVERY good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8.

    • 955.7
      Mary Lou says:

      Katie, I am Mary Lou and I am in Germantown, TN. Just outside of Memphis. I will be honored to pray for you. May you feel His presence strongly and may you learn to lean on Him daily and draw from His strength. He loves you and cares for each detail of your life.

      Because He lives,
      Mary Lou

    • 955.8
      Carla Bachand says:

      Katie,
      I saw your post and knew that God has called me to pray for you. My name is Carla and I live in SD. I struggled with food-related issues in my twenties, am now in my forties. I certainly relate to the spiritual warfare and staying on track. I will be praying for those things for you, as well as your focus to remain on the Lord. I am going through the Lysa TerKeurst study “Made to Crave” with some other women. It is opening my eyes to new ways to focus on the Lord more than food. I will pray that you start to crave God more than food. God bless you!

    • 955.9
      Wendy says:

      Hi Katie,

      I’m Wendy.
      I’m a mom of 3 girls ages 24,22,and 20. In fact my youngest is a Kaytie as well.
      I would love to pray for you and for continuous victory in Jesus.

    • 955.10
      Cindy says:

      Hi Katie,
      I’m Cindy in Iowa. I love Colorado. 🙂 My brother is a pastor there and my folks are moving there this weekend. I will ask them to lift you up in prayer too. What a battle you fight. I pray that Jesus will be your only addiction. With Him fighting your battles, you will overcome. Stay strong, fight the fight and stay connected to the Lord.

    • 955.11
      Marilyn Williams says:

      Katie-30 days is great-may the Lord richly bless you with the strength and wisdom each day to continue.
      Lord – we pray that you will be so close to Katie that each day she’ll feel your healing arms around her.
      This world is full of stuff to throw her off track-but You are greater than all of them.
      Let Your presence be known to her each moment-give her wisdom that’s far beyond human-to make right choices each day-and forgive herself quickly when little things might happen. Bind Satan from her-put Your hedge of protection around her-and give her Your victory each day.
      Katie-the Lord love you and bless you and make His face to shine upon you each day-and give you peace.

    • 955.12
      allyaggie says:

      Hi, Katie,
      I am Allyson. I am 39 years old and would be honored to pray for you! I will pray that God would give you the tools to overcome, and that you would feel his love, grace, and favor every day.

      You are loved!
      Allyson

    • 955.13
      Janie Richard says:

      Dearest Katie,
      Congratulations on your 30 days of “sobriety”. I am so proud of you. I know how hard it is to battle an addiction, and how hard it is not to substitute one addiction for another one. I will be praying for you daily that God will give you the strength you need to continue in your fight. I pray for your safety and that you will have a closer walk with The Lord.
      Love in Christ,
      Janie

    • 955.14
      Sandy Tate says:

      Katie, it would be an honor to pray for you. Although I have not personally struggled with food addiction it is a struggle I am very familiar with and have walked through with many friends. I am very familiar with the spiritual warfare associated with it and am glad that you are too. You will not be battling this one alone. Know that you have a sister by your side praying for you. When you are tempted to fall lean into the Lord and know that you can lean into me as well. This is a heavy burden, specially one you’ve carried for so long. I am also in Denver. If you want to try to get together to pray about this I would be open to that. Either way, I’ll be praying with joy for victory for you. I’m already celebrating your 30 days! Let’s keep that going.

  6. 956
    Rachel says:

    My name is Rachel Kagay and I am 25. My husband and I have been married for just over two years and we’re currently living in Cary, North Carolina. Within the next few months we will be moving to Des Moines, IA for his job with John Deere. We have felt God moving in our lives and increasing our faith over the past several months and are so thankful for the work He is doing in our lives. My request for prayer would be a continuing and deeper desire to know God more deeply each and every day. I need the discipline to be in the Word daily, no matter how busy each day becomes. Thank you for this Beth! This is such a wonderful idea!

    • 956.1
      Tami says:

      Hi Rachel,
      It would be a privilege to pray for you! I live just outside of Des Moines, IA! I am praying for a smooth transition for you and your husband and his new job here in a few months. How wonderful to know God is increasing your faith as you trust Him for what is to come! I pray He will bless you with like-minded Christ-following friends and that He will carve out a special place for you and your husband to worship and serve Him. I will also be praying for you to seek Him daily- what a joy that is to have Him order your steps each day. I am 38 and have 2 boys. I stayed home with them for the past 9 years and have recently returned to working in the local school system. My husband also works in the Des Moines area. Blessings Rachel!

    • 956.2
      Tersia says:

      My name is Tersia, I am a South African however I have not lived there since 2002. It has not been easy at times, but I have met with God in ways I could never have had imagined! This verse says it all:

      Acts 17:26-27 (HCSB)
      26 From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. 27 He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

      Rachel, He is the One who decides where we live and He planned it perfectly so that we may seek Him! Moving to another state will be an adjustment, however God will be with you every step of the way. When things get hard just cry out to Him. May He be your life! I will be praying for you…

    • 956.3
      AmyHart says:

      Hello Rachel,
      I am Amy Hart. I live in Milton, WA; but my parents were born and raised near Des Moines, IA. I would be honored to pray for you!

    • 956.4
      Melissa Ford says:

      Hi Rachel,
      It is an honor to pray for you! My name is Melissa. I am 34 and live in VA with my husband of 14 years and 4 great kids. A move like yours is a huge milestone in a life and a marriage.
      I am praying for you. I pray your roots go deep in The Lord forever and always! I cannot wait for you to spread the good news in IA ! The Lord has great plans for,you and your husband as you live life together here on earth. God bless you and your wonderful,husband.
      ~ Melissa
      Psalm 28:7

    • 956.5
      Laura says:

      Hi Rachel – My name is Laura. I live in Decatur IL and have two married daughters around your age. My husband and I graduated from Iowa State so we are familiar with Des Moines. I will be praying for you and for the move to Iowa. May God bless you as you make this transition and adjust to a new community. I pray that you will find it to be home and that you find a great church where you can grow spiritually together. I also pray you will find friends and that you will see God’s hand in all of the changes and adjustments.
      God bless you!

  7. 957
    Lauren says:

    Hi, I’m Lauren a twenty something, newlywed living in Dallas, Tx. Discovering this new married life with my hubby has been such a blessing. We are learning what it looks like to grow in our faith together as one. I would love your prayers over this new season in my life. Prayer for the Lord to lead us in His ways and for us to be obedient. This new season is much different than my singleness and I am learning what it means to grow in the Lord with my husband. Also, starting our new family in Dallas means that I miss my family back home. I wish that we could all live in the same city, but I know that God has us where he wants us to be right now. Please pray for God to help me feel the same way about this new city as I do about my hometown. Lastly, my husband lost his dad very unexpectedly two years ago. I have had this reoccuring fear that the same will happen to me with my husband. It has been a stronghold in my life recently that I know I need to let go of and be free from. I am trusting that the Lord will deliver me from this and redeem my thoughts!!
    Beth, I think this idea is so beautiful. What a blessing you are! I love your bible studies and have learned so much through them. From one teacher to another you are a teacher I aspire to be like. 🙂

    • 957.1
      Susan Fox says:

      Hi Lauren,

      I too an a “newlywed” HOWEVER – I LONG surpassed the twenty something stage. I can truly empathize with you on the new city thing. I am just North of you in Oklahoma and have been here 2 years. I moved from my COMFORT zone of 30 plus years, just 2 years ago (WOW TIME FLIES). I would consider it an honor to pray for you and your Husband. I will also lift you up with your uneasiness with LIFE here on this Earth and that God may RELEASE you from this stronghold – DON’T hold back you beautiful woman of God – WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

      Love you Bunches already and I am “cocked, armed and ready” to storm the Heavens for you!!

      Susan

    • 957.2
      Suey Caldwell says:

      Hi Lauren, so glad you live in Big Dallas.
      there is an amazing amazing ministry named
      justmoved.org begun by my gal pal Susan Miller.
      you will be blessed to check it out. praying for you
      SC in Houston

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    Krystal says:

    Hi, I’m Krystal. I’m 29 & wife to an amazing godly man, and mommy to a 2 year old and a baby on the way. I would appreciate prayer to be refreshed and excited to seek and share Truth with all those around me. I have given to falling cynical and dry and don’t want to be! We’re actively seeking God’s calling on our lives and family and are in transition for a new direction. Thanks in advance and God bless you, and thanks to dear Beth for your encouragement!

    • 958.1
      Leslie Hermann says:

      Hi Krystal: What a blessing to pray for you. I am living in California. I too am married to an amazing and Godly Man (aren’t we blessed 🙂 Praying for a radical freshness and God’s perfect will for your transition and family. Hugs and prayers 🙂
      Leslie

    • 958.2
      Carolyn says:

      Hi, Krystal. I’m Carolyn in Austin, TX. Prayers for you and your husband as you serve on the (literally) HOME mission field with your little ones, and that you both will be sensitive to the Spirit’s direction in your lives. Praying that God will “restore the joy” (Ps. 51:12)of your salvation and that the cynicism that is so pervasive today will be gone from your life. May He bless your family as you serve Him!

  9. 959
    Peppa says:

    My name is Peppa and I currently live in Matamata, New Zealand ( or hobbiton for those of you into Lord of the Rings). I work as an instructor/host at a Christian camp here. I have the privilege to share about God and His love to the people that come through our gates, especially the kids. I am in the midst of an “impossible gap”. You see God has placed the desire on my heart to become a nurse. I was accepted into a nursing school here in New Zealand but cannot afford the international student fees. My visa runs out in July which means I very well could be headed back to the States. It’s not what I would like to do as my family is here in New Zealand and there is nothing really for me to go back to the States for. So either way I’m stuck in an impossible situation. I’m stuck in a waiting position which as many of you know can be a very hard time in your life. I know God has this and that if He put the desire in my heart He will help me to fulfill it, it’s just sometimes the wait is hard. Thanks for whoever chooses to pray for me, prayer is such a powerful tool and to be honest I don’t think we use it enough. Thanks for choosing to commit for someone you don’t even know 🙂

    • 959.1
      S.C. says:

      Peppa, what a very cool name you have.
      pleaase continue the nursing track. it is so worth it.
      praying for you take care.
      S.C. in Texas

    • 959.2
      Tami says:

      Peppa, I am most touched by your story and can see the dilemma you are faced with. As you know from being able to share God’s love with others that He is ever faithful! It will be my honor to shower you with prayers. I would also like to share your story with the students in my youth Sunday school class. They will also pray dilligently for you. Before you know it, you will be prayed for by so many that you don’t even know; and I know God will bless you. The hardest part is your waiting and not knowing, but I will encourage you in the fact that, “Everything works together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28). I truly believe you have a calling. Keep your chin up, my little sister!

  10. 960
    Suzie G says:

    Wow, thank you so much!

    My name is Suzie and I live in Bedford.
    I am an intern for a Christian organisation called the Kings Arms Project that works with the homeless and vulnerable. I so appreciate your prayers as I seek to love God with all my heart, soul and mind and love those who He has called me to love!

    • 960.1
      Susan says:

      Hi Suzie, I Am SusAn FromDenver. I Am Soooooo Excited About What God Is Calling You To Do AnD I love That You Are Working With The Homeless And Vulnerable. I Am Lifting You Up In Prayers And Sending LoveAnd Hugs.

      Sorry My Keyboard Is Messing Up.

  11. 961
    Lindsey says:

    My name is Lindsey and I’m 25 years old! I’ve been married for almost five years and have a 3yr old daughter, a 20 month old daughter, and one due in October! I am currently a BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) leader and have learned and grown so much!l I love Jesus and truly desire to give my life completely to him. I would love prayer that during this busy season of my life with little ones that I will not grow weary or lose my focus on Him!

    • 961.1
      Avis Buford says:

      Hi Lindsey,
      I know what pressure you must be under trying to finish the year in BSF in the power and strength of the Lord. I was a BSF children’s leader many years ago in Conroe, Texas and my teaching leader said of BSF, “It is a season of training for a lifetime of service.”
      It would be my honor to uplift you in prayer for your ministry and for your family.
      I currently live in East Texas and am starting a Kay Arthur Precept Upon Precept class on Genesis next fall. I have more time to devote to study and prayer in this season of my life but I surely remember fondly the whirlwind of activity of BSF and family responsibilities. Courage, dear one! My one little encouragement for you is to laugh often and loudly!!
      May God give you strength, power, and endurance. May He help you run your race in His power and for His glory!
      God bless you,
      Avis

    • 961.2
      Kimberly says:

      Hello Lindsey–My name is Kimberly Orr and I started BSF when I had children your children’s ages…and was also a leader. I had 4 children under 6. God used BSF in amazing ways to equip me as His child, a wife, and a mother. It would be my joy to pray for you.
      Feel free to email me with any upcoming specific requests [email protected]
      WE are still in BSF…evening class…now with school age children rather than preschool. Middle school and High school level…
      I live in Zionsville, Indiana and am a CL in the Indianapolis N EW class on Monday nights:)

    • 961.3
      Pam says:

      Lindsey, I am Pam from New Orleans…I felt drawn to your post for a couple of reasons.I have a daughter just a few years older than you are, and she, too, has three young children. I know from watching her what a busy season you are in! Also, you and I share BSF leadership experience; I spent 15 years in BSF, mostly in leadership. What a blessing…and commitment, especially for a young mom! I so admire you for that, and I know that God has and will continue to honor you for your willingness to serve. And He has surely given you many opportunities for growth through BSF…and so many good lessons/ways to teach your children as you raise them in the faith! It will be my pleasure to lift you up in prayer over these next few weeks and beyond. And just a piece of advice:when you find your strength lagging or your focus drifting, just open up that leader’s hymnal and sing “Turn your eyes upon Jesus” (and/or any other if those powerful, meaningful hymns.)Follow that with some time in His Word and His presence. When doing so, He never failed to refresh and refocus me! Praying strength and blessings on you!

  12. 962
    Heidi Haase says:

    Hi, my name is Heidi Haase. I live in Fargo, ND and I am a stay at home mom to two little girls, Adelaide (2yrs) & Eulaila (9months). This last year I have been working on truly loving and believing Jesus. I want him to penetrate my heart and let his word really take root. I guess more than anything, I want to raise my girls to love Jesus. I want my husband and I to exemplify his love in our marriage. I would love prayer for us as parents, and spouses. Also, I have been praying for a mentor. Someone to come along side me as I work on being a wife and mother.

    • 962.1
      Helen Wall says:

      Hi Heidi,
      My name is Helen and I am from Crystal City, Manitoba, Canada!! Only 4 hours north and a bit west of you!! I consider it an honor to pray for you and I thank you for sharing your request! God is love and He is greater and He is good!! He loves a heart that is after Him and as you turn your heart to Him He delights in you!! You give Him great pleasure and I will pray that you will experience great delight in Him as well!! Blessings!

    • 962.2
      Lori says:

      Hello Heidi! I will pray for you! My name is Lori Cole. I live in the Houston, TX area. My mom grew up in ND. I have several cousins there. I have 3 grandkids, and lead a prayer group at my church. May the LORD bless you and your husband with wisdom, and may He give you and your family hearts to love Him! Stay in the Word, and pray Scripture verses over your babies! Love, Lori

  13. 963
    Kelli says:

    My name is Kelli. I am 28 years old and a wife and stay at home mommy of a adorable three year old little boy! Being able to be a stay at home mommy to my little boy is such a blessing. I worked the first 2 years of his life and I struggled so much. I pray daily for God to guide me and lead me to teach my son about God’s unfailing love. I need prayer for this as well as for God to put a fire and passion in my heart for his Word. Thank you in advance for the prayers.

    Beth, what an inspiration and encouragement you are to all of us! Thank you so much!

    • 963.1
      Mary says:

      Dear Kelli, My name is Mary. I’m adopting you. I remember the days of staying home w my babies. Even though its something you’d never want to change, it’s still hard. It feels lonely. I am praying for you and your beautiful family. I will copy and paste your info into my prayer journal and keep you there. I’m 56 with 3 grown children. I know you hear this all the time but cherish these days. They go by so quick. May God bless you and keep you close to Him so that as you walk through your every day life you will feel His arms wrapped tight around you. Love, Mary

      • Kelli says:

        Hi Mary! Thank you so very much for adopting me and the prayers! I will also add you to my prayers! I clicked on your name and it took me to your page!! I followed you!! You have no idea how much I needed to hear those kind words and to think they came from a complete stranger makes it even that much more special! Thank you so much!! You were a blessing to me today!! Love, Kelli

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      sabrina - LPM says:

      Hi Kelli – I am so honored to pray for you. I didn’t get to be a stay at home mom until my youngest daughter was born (Her name is Kelli & she is now 19). It was during that time of my life that God put a fire & passion in my heart for His Word. I know He loves to answer that kind of prayer. Praying for you today and the days ahead, love – sabrina

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    Cara says:

    Aloha,

    My name is Cara and I live on Maui. I work in the hospitality industry. I’m turning 29 very soon and I feel like I’m finally ready to admit that I would like to get married and settle down. I really felt like God was calling me to pray with expectation this year that he can provide me a husband who loves the Lord and loves me even when I live on an island. Can you please pray that I will be patient and not compromise? I am surround by unbelievers who think my standards are too high and that I should open myself up to people with different beliefs. Please pray that I allow God to be the author of my love story and that I won’t try to take control and make things happen on my own. Mahalo!

    • 964.1
      Kristina Foster says:

      Aloha Cara! As a still single gal, your story spoke to me. I have heard all kinds of advice on this matter, from the Christian, well-meaning, to the skeptical (waiting on God for a husband?? etc). So, I want to encourage you to stay strong in your resolve, keep those standards high and do not think of settling for less than GOD’s BEST for you!! I won’t lie, the waiting can be difficult at times, but I BELIEVE that it will be worth it in the end! Blessings to you, and prayers being lifted on your behalf!
      Kristi in Gardner, KS

      • Kristina Foster says:

        PS: on an island or on the moon…..we serve a God who is The Creator of all, and is certainly big enough to orchestrate the perfect meeting of you and your future mate 😉

        • Cara says:

          Aloha Kristina,

          Thank you so much for the encouragement and prayer! I will be praying for you as wel!!

    • 964.2
      Kimberly says:

      Cara,
      Hi, I’m Kimberly from N.C., and it will be my privilege to pray for you. In fact, I already have. I had to respond to your post. Don’t give up! Hold on to those standards, and you will never regret it. Put God first in your life and you can’t go wrong. Whatever He is putting on your heart to have faith and expectation, walk with Him in that, and see where He leads you. I will pray that God will help you to be patient, and not compromise. In my early 40’sand still single, I can say He is faithful to do so, and to give peace with where He has me. The cool thing is that when God writes your love story, He plans something so much better than we can. I pray the Lord will encourage your heart in all these things, and keep you close to Him. You may want to read Elisabeth Elliot’s book ‘Quest for Love: True Stories of Passion and Purity’. May the Lord bless you as you wait upon Him.

      • Cara says:

        Aloha Kimberly,
        Thank you for the prayer and book suggestion. I really appreciate the encouragement!I will be praying for you as well.

  15. 965
    Emily says:

    Hey! I’m Emily from Charlotte, NC. I’m 27 and currently working full time in the insurance industry, but am prepping physically, mentally, and spiritually to take a huge leap of faith and go back to school full time to study counseling, specifically to work with children. I see the Lord’s hand ALL over this (which is wildly exciting!), but I never saw myself cutting my work hours back so much as a single person, and the fear of financial instability is definitely something I’m still struggling with and praying through.

    Beyond school and this re-direction that the Lord has been so faithfully guiding me to/through, I so desire to honor the Lord through the everyday. I want to love Jesus well and love His people well! And I want to stop being so worried about not having enough energy for the opportunities He brings – that’s a severe lack of faith/trust and dependence on the Spirit on my part!

    My deepest longing is for this life to reflect an eternal perspective, to be characterized by Kingdom work, and like Beth said in the post, for my heart to burn with passion for Jesus and for “Him continually to stir fire in [my] bones for His Word and for His mission”!

    • 965.1
      Beth says:

      Emily, my name is Beth, and I’m from Oklahoma. I worked in the insurance industry for 17 years, it can get pretty crazy at times, can’t it? If you feel that God is calling you to this new opportunity, you are doing the right thing. If He calls you, He will provide for you. On your journey, don’t get surprised to see others willing to come alongside & help you, and that is also of God. He works in mysterious ways, as the Word says. I admire your willingness to move on where you think He is leading you. If your deepest longing is for your life to reflect an eternal perspective, I’d bet that it already does, and you just don’t see it! Sometimes we get so caught up in our issues, that we don’t realize how everyone else is watching us and seeing how we are sorting through things. When you say you have a severe lack of trust, and faith & that worry sometimes gets to you, you are just being totally honest. It gets all of us! Some of us just pretend better than others because we have had more experience! Stay in the Word, keep asking the Lord to show you certain scriptures to claim just for your own, and memorize them. You will see how quick you can pull them up when you start feeling anxious. I will be praying for you, sister!

  16. 966
    Kala says:

    My name is Kala, I’m 23, from Salem, OR. Last year I lived in Ireland for 8 months for a missions training program. It was my first time overseas and I fell in love with the experience: I felt alive and free and truly myself there. I realized during that time that my heart is to work in ministry and/or missions (something I would have never said even a couple years ago). I was transformed. However, since my return to the U.S. last August, I’ve become increasingly directionless and feel as though I’ve lost all the confidence I gained last year. Fear, anxiety and depression have become close companions over the last few months, as well as a feeling of physical exhaustion that won’t seem to let go. Hope has been in short supply. I do have a job, and although it is not work that I enjoy, I am trying to remain grateful for the income. I am unsure of where to get involved ministry-wise as I feel insecure about my strengths/abilities/passions, which all tend toward the creative arts (particularly dance and music/worship).

    I also desire, like so many, to be married and to have a shared vision for ministry with my husband, even though I’m still unsure of what that vision is. But I find myself wrestling with a pressing sense that I need to come to a place where I can be ok if marriage is not part of what God has planned for me, and to forge ahead regardless.

    I desperately want to live and love in freedom, to be truly myself — the woman God created me to be. Thank you so very much, to whoever reads this and prays. You are a blessing!

    • 966.1
      Kaylee says:

      Hi Kala,
      My name is Kaylee and I am still in my twenty’s (27), but as I was reading through the comments I couldn’t pass by without letting you know that I will be praying for you. I spent the first 21 years of life in Roseburg, Oregon- we were practically neighbors :). I went on a 3 1/2 year mission trip from 2006-2010 and when I finally returned to Oregon I remember feeling EXACTLY how you’re feeling right now even down to the physical exhaustion- I honestly felt tired for a year. I felt like God had transformed my heart, mind, and life while overseas and when I got home I had no idea how to practically work it out in day to day life. I wish I could tell you something that would instantly make it all better, but at least for me this was a season of life that I just had to keep moving through- one step at a time. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths” Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in Him. Wait on Him. Fix your eyes on Him- the author and finisher of your faith. He is faithful and He loves you so much.

    • 966.2
      Sandy Carney says:

      Hi Kala, I scrolled through the mssgs.asking the Lord to point out who He wanted me to pray for and you’re it! Perhaps it was “Ireland” that caught my eye (never been, but I’m 1/4 Irish), perhaps it was your heart for the mission-field (i’ve been on 3 short-terms and I understand what its like to leave a part of your heart with the people you lived among & then come back to the same ol’ same ol’). I’ve had bouts with depression in the past and have learned to desperately rely on Scripture and the Holy Spirit as my antidepressant, comfort and joy. I’m 63, married, live in Post Falls, Idaho. I commit to praying for you daily – not just a “bless Kala” type of prayer, but on my knees in supplication asking the Lord to meet you in deep and marvelous ways.

  17. 967
    Courtney W. says:

    Hello, my LPM sisters! I’m Courtney and I am right at 20 years old! I live in Knoxville, TN and I am finishing up my sophomore semester at Carson Newman! I am majoring in Child and Family Studies/Human Services in hopes of working in adoption. I have a deep passion for orphan care and this summer I will be traveling to China and Africa to love on some babies at local orphanages in Jesus name! Please pray as I travel, and for my relationship with my Godly prince as we are apart for 3 months doing separate ministry! I also do middle school girls ministry on a daily basis here at home so I would definitely appreciate prayers there as well! Thank you so much friends!

    • 967.1

      Hi, Courtney – You are on an exciting path. I’m praying for you because we share the same degree! (I got mine from Colorado State in 2001, though). I will be asking God to lead you each day, and open doors for your favor and blessing, as well as for the children you will impact. May your relationship with your prince remain pure and pleasing, and may your ministry to those girls lead them closer to the heart of Jesus as you make disciples of them. I would love for you to contact me – praying and investing into the next generation of women is one of my passions and loves.
      In His Hand,
      Robyn

  18. 968
    Holly Schoephoerster says:

    My name is Holly. I am a 27 year old single woman from St. Paul, MN. My heart is currently being expanded by the work God is doing in and around me. I was just laid off and passionately want to glorify the Lord in all I do and say. I feel so blessed to receive prayer from my adopted mom’s in Christ. We are the church!

    • 968.1
      LPM-KMac says:

      I got your back, Holly! No doubt He’s refining your faith and trust in Him during this time. Take one day at a time and remind yourself of His unreasonable love and grace toward you. He has not, nor will He ever forget you. He Is Good.

  19. 969
    Leslie says:

    My name is Leslie and I’m 28 from NY. I’ve been married for a year and a half and in that time miscarried twice and gave birth 7 weeks ago to our baby boy Grayson. I love The Lord but marriage, loss and now a newborn have changed my time with the Lord. Roller-coaster emotions and circumstances consumed me for a while. I’m thankful for the gifts of motherhood and being a wife of a God-fearing man. However I feel lost at how to seek Jesus with all my heart, love my husband solely, nurture my son, encourage my family, and serve my local body of believers, all the while having an impact on the lost! How do you do it all and not be overwhelmed?! I’m so thankful for this post, I’ve wanted an older woman to speak into my life for a long time. Thank you to whomever reads this and in turn prays for me. I am a young woman who definitely needs the love and support of an older woman! thank you with much love and gratitude!

    • 969.1
      Katie says:

      Leslie, I’m a little younger than you and share all of the same feelings! I hope that we both will receive prayers and the answers to our worries!

      • Lisa says:

        Leslie and Katie, I would be honored to pray for you. Oh, how I remember those days with a new baby and feeling so, so overwhelmed with it all! My babies are big now – my youngest graduates from high school in a month, so I, too, am at a time of lots of change and figuring it all out. There is nothing on this planet sweeter than a new baby – and I know people say this all the time, but savor these days. They will pass quickly. I will be praying for you both.

    • 969.2
      Charlotte says:

      Hi Leslie!!! My name is Charlotte and I’m a 53 year old mother of 4 grown children from Austin, TX and your post touched my heart….I miscarried 3 babies and felt many of the concerns you voiced in those early years of motherhood – how can I do all that God wants me to do?? I would consider it a privilege to come alongside you in prayer.

  20. 970
    Morgan says:

    Hello my name is Morgan. I am 27 and live in Pennsylvania. I just changed careers; I was teaching and now I am in Marketing. (Thank the Lord for a new job!)One specific area that I would love more prayer in is my dad. My dad is a strong believer in Christ and led me to the Lord when I was 12. He lives in FL and has suffered professionally from the market over the last 5 years. Him and his wife have seperated because of the financial strain their marriage has taken. He has diabetes and suffers from depression. He recently was admitted into a psych hospital for attempting to kill himself. He is back on a positive track, presently. He’s renting a room from someone in his church and desperately trying to get back on his feet. Please, please pray for his work, for his marriage, and for his heart. We pray together often, asking God to keep us positive and trusting in Him. We know He is in control and has an ultimate plan within all of this turbulence. Not only me, but my entire family would appreciate the additional prayer. Thank you.

    • 970.1
      Tami Walker says:

      Hi Morgan:

      I find it a privilege to pray for you. I am very familiar with depression. I have several family members that suffer with this disease and it is heart breaking. I want to encourage you that prayer does work where this is concerned so do not loose hope. You have me in your corner and I will be praying for you as well as your father. Hang in there because God never lets us down.

  21. 971
    Davida says:

    Hi, My name is Davida, I am 28 yrs. old (29 in May) and I live in Athens, Ga.

    The last few years have been very hard for me on all levels. I feel like I have been on this roller coaster ride and I cannot find my footing. I have been in chruch all my life and I know the truth but am in the midst on a really dry season in my life. Everything seems to going wrong in my life and I am just going through the motions. I know that God has something amazing for me but I can’t seem to connect with him or anyone else.

    The last year and a half have been a challenge for me. I was let go at my job and had to move home. I thought it would be for a few months until I got back on my feet and now it has been a year and a half and I feel stuck. The whole letting me go thing was suppose to be so that I can go and pursue what God really has for me but it hasn’t seemes to work out that way. I know that God has called me to something great but I just don’t know how to get there.

    One major thing I need prayer for is that I have been struggling with a really big stronghold since I was a child. I have done everything I know to break it and have had some time periods where I didn’t struggle, but it never lasted. It has really affected my relationship with God and keeps me at a distance. Because of it I haven’t fully let God or anybody else in. I say I feel alone but I know that it is my own doing.

    Also I need direction on what about what GodGod wants me to do next as far as his calling on my life. I know I took the wrong path six years ago and he is giving me another chance to do it right. I don’t want to miss what he has for me and I don’t want to miss out on all that God is.

    I need to reconnect with God and connect with people and life.

    • 971.1

      Davida (what a pretty name!), your story beckons me, and so I long to be your prayer covering. First I want to tell you that God has been with you through all of your trials, and He has loved you with a faithful, everlasting lovingkindness that you can’t even fathom. And also that He has a plan of deliverance from this stronghold, and wants to give you a stronghold of His own hand to hold onto for victory! I have a gift for you. ready? *hope*. Hold on tight to that, and remember that I’m praying for you. I’d love for you to contact me. I love you already! I’ve written your name in my prayer journal and when I say I will pray – I DO!
      In His Hand,
      Robyn

  22. 972
    Katie says:

    Hello! My name is Katie, I’m 25 years old and from Minnesota. I’ve been married for almost a year and half to a wonderful man and we are hoping to get a house this summer and start a family. I am so excited for this and nervous at the same time. I’ve always wanted to be a wife and mother and yet these days it seems to be expected that you have to have a career as well. I have a fulltime job in the food industry which I enjoy but to many people, (friends & family included), it’s not impressive. My husband supports me and doesn’t share that opinion, but I’m always struggling with what other people think about me. Is this what God wants for me? Or am I settling and should be doing something more?
    Until a couple years ago, I had never heard of having a personal relationship with God. I have a desire to know God in an intimate way but I struggle with unbelief. I feel disconnected and don’t know what I’m doing wrong. This makes me panic and feel like a failure. How am I supposed to raise faith-filled children when I’m not faith-filled myself?
    I’m so thankful for this blog post and any prayers that might come my way. It’s reassuring that there are others out there feeling/thinking the same things I do.

    • 972.1
      Cindy says:

      Hi Katie. I’m Cindy in Iowa. I will certainly pray for you. Your request caught my eye as my memory verse right now is “Work willingly ay whatever you do as if you are working for the Lord rather than for people”. Colossians 3:23 God created you to do what you love and will guide your steps as you do it. I will pray that you feel the love of God every day, He loves you no matter what! I will also pray that you are able to connect through prayer and scripture reading. Blessings to you!

    • 972.2
      roxanne says:

      Hi Katie,
      After reading several posts I asked God to guide to who He would like me to pray for. Your story brought tears to my eyes. Your story chimes so close to mine of years gone by. I will be praying for you from Pennsylvania.

      Saved by Grace,
      Roxanne

  23. 973
    Michele says:

    I’ll certainly pray!!

  24. 974
    Katy says:

    I hope I’m not too late! My name is Katy, I live in Davenport, Iowa but I’ve been a true Texas girl until three years ago! I am a stay at home mom of three kids under three years old! My oldest son will be three in June, my daughter is 14 months, and my youngest son is 2 months old (he was a total and shocking surprise!). My prayer need is probably pretty obvious, needing an ABUNDANCE of grace, patience, and mercy for toddler growing pains and a steady supply for my husband and I as we wade through these next few years. Thank you thank you thank you for your prayer support in advance.

    • 974.1
      Katy says:

      stead supply of JOY**

      • Cindy says:

        Hi Katy. I’m Cindy in Nevada, IA. My husband and I have five kids between 10 and almost 17 so I fully understand your petition for patience and mercy and grace, along with JOY. I’ve lived in Iowa my whole life, but my brother lived in Texas for several years after working for a year in Davenport (isn’t that ironic?)and married a Texas girl whom I love to pieces. I will be a prayer warrior for you, your husband, and your three little ones. May you see the joy and blessings every day amidst the challenges that come your way as a stay at home mom. 🙂

    • 974.2
      Janice says:

      Katy,

      No, You are not too late! The Lord has heard your cry, and I, Janice, from Harrison, AR, will be His prayer warrior for you! Children are a blessing from the Lord, and He has and will continue to equip you with all you need to mother, and parent, your dear little family! As you walk out your sometimes mundane days, please remember that He is right there with you! Ask Him ALL your questions, and He will answer you! I will specifically ask Him to give you a desire for HIM, and that your love for Him will flow thru you to your husband and children. Guard your time with Him, even if it’s just minutes per day, He will meet you in those minutes! He loves you with an everlasting love! It will be thru Jesus, that you will find strength and encouragement!
      May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all….
      Janice

      • Katy says:

        Janice,

        Thank you so much for the prayer support and encouragement! Such a great reminder to guard my time with God!

    • 974.3
      Amy says:

      Hello Katy,

      I am Amy from Milton, WA. I would love to pray for you. I at one time had four kids 3 1/2 and younger, so I understand completely the stage you are in!
      In Christ

      • Katy says:

        Amy,
        Thank you so much! Even though I know other people have been where I am now, its so great to be encouraged by them!

    • 974.4
      allyaggie says:

      Hi, Katy!
      My name is Allyson. I live in the Houston area. I am a wife (of 16 years now) and mother to two girls ages 10 and 12. I SO remember, 0 and 2, 1 and 3, 2 and 4. Those were not easy years! Many precious times, but they can just wear you out. I will pray for an ABUNDANCE of grace, patience and mercy for you as you mother those precious babies. I will pray for good rest for you and moments of solace. I will pray that God would nurture your marriage too. Blessings to you, sister.
      Praying,
      Allyson

    • 974.5
      Tomi says:

      Hi Katy!

      It’s an honor to get to pray for you sister! My name is Tomi and I live in Des Moines, IA, with my husband and 3 kids. I too had 3 little ones close together as you have. Our oldest daughter was born in 2000. Our son was born in 2001. And our youngest daughter was born in 2002. They are now 13, 12, & 10. I’m still in the trenches with you in parenting my young ones–it just looks a little different from the days of diapers, sippy cups, feedings, naps, etc…

      I will pray for you dear sister! I remember well the fatigue of both body and mind in these younger years when there is so much demand on you as mommy to take care of so, so much. I am thankful for other women in my life who have encouraged me and helped me over the years–as I have had many a day where I just wanted to shut the door and have some quiet to my self where nobody would interrupt me or need anything from me 🙂

      May God give you supernatural abilities to love HIM first and foremost with all of you–above all else. May He enable you to love well your children. To meet their daily needs with attention & intention. To hold them, play with them, talk to them, tend to them, nurture them, teach them, & discipline them with a love, grace and patience only He can give.

      I pray for your hands to be hands of gentleness, tenderness, and care. I pray for your tongue to speak loving, gentle, and soft words of encouragement and correction. I pray for stength & rest for your body and mind.

      You’ve been given a tremendous gift of stewardship with the lives of your children. As have I. Our children are God’s. He’s entrusted them to us and our husbands.

      May you resonate His joy and peace in your home.

      In His Amazing Love–Tomi 🙂

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    Stephany says:

    Oh, Beth, you have no idea how much I needed to read this! I wrote a post on guarding my own heart after I got in over my head with my last relationship, so this post just completely spoke to me.

    Anyway! My name is Stephany. I’m 25. I’m single, I live with my mom, I have a good job working in marketing and I’m just hungry for Jesus. I’ve grown up in church but I’ve never fully LIVED MY FAITH and I just want to live my faith. I struggle with it, with following the world and its ideals and following Jesus and the “right way.”

    I guess my main prayer is to find community at my church. I’m an introvert & suffer from social anxiety so it’s really hard for me to get involved. I want to be involved and find community & friendship with my church family but it feels like it will take the most courage I’ve ever had to even go to a singles group or young adult group at my church. I feel so out of place! It’s just easier to just go-to-church-come-home. Maybe the church isn’t the right fit for me (though I adore the worship & the pastor & the preaching) or maybe I just need to find that courage within me. I feel like this is such a silly prayer request but… it’s my heart. I need courage to involve myself in my church!

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      Natalie McGary says:

      Hi Stephany!
      It would be a honor to pray for you. My name is Natalie and I live near Chicago. I too have struggled with fear. One thing that has helped me is to memorize verses on fear. I know from experience Jesus is able to set you free. He loves you so much and He will never leave you or forsake you.

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      Kellee B says:

      Stephanie,
      I would be so honored to pray for you. I have also struggled in my life finding my place in the church and making friends and know what your heart’s cry is. I will pray that the Lord will show you your place in the church, your purpose He has for you and surrounds you with some amazing Godly friends. It’s been about 10 years now since I was determined to seek the Lord and take steps to find the joy and my place in the body of Christ, serving the church and making life long Godly friends. God has answered my prayers – I am so blessed with a wonderful church and wonderful church family. I know God hears your heart and has great things for you.
      Blessing, Kellee

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    Amy Lynn says:

    This is a great idea! Thank you:)
    My name is Amy and I’m 27 from Louisiana. I’ve had so many things change in my life for the better in the past two years. I turned back to God after the relationship that I was in ended. Long story short, a year and a half later I found myself in Costa Rica on a mission trip with Visiting Orphans. This completely changed my life. I will be co-leading a group back to Costa Rica this October and the children there as well as our team could definitely use your prayers.
    Also, although I found a strength that I didn’t know I had when my relationship ended. I learned how to not only survive but thrive on my own. This has been great but can also be a problem as I struggle to let people in and accept their help. For the majority of the time that I have been single, I haven’t felt like I needed or wanted a boyfriend. However, recently I feel like God is opening up my heart to that possibility. This is very difficult for me to make myself vulnerable to anyone, as I’m sure it is for many people. I ask for your prayers to soften my heart to the love of someone else as well as inviting God to change the desire’s of my heart to those of His plans for me.
    Thank you all for your encouragement and prayers. There is nothing more that I could ask for other than prayers. I will be praying for you all as well.

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      Lindsey says:

      Amy Lyn, I am committing to pray for you! Thanks for sharing your story! Excited to see how God will honor this in your life!

      -Lindsey

      • Amy Lynn says:

        Lindsey, Thank you for your prayers. I will be praying for you as well. In praying for my Costa Rica team, we asked if there was anything specific that they wanted us to bring to God, so I will do the same for you. Please let me know if not on here, then my email is alb3188 at gmail dot com. Thank you again!

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      kasey says:

      hey amy! when i saw that you have been to costa rica, i knew you were the one i should be praying for when i saw you had been to costa rica. i have spent some time in costa rica for the last two summers doing work on a church. it was an amazing time, and i met some people that will forever have a special place in my heart! i will certainly be praying for you and your team as yall prepare to go as well as the people you will be ministering to…that God would prepare and open their hearts to yall and most importantly to His word. i will also be praying for God to soften your heart and prepare you for what lies ahead in the world of relationships. just remember that it is all in His time. be patient and watch for His hand at work. prayers for you…love you already sister in Christ!!
      kasey.

      • Amy Lynn says:

        Kasey, your message was so sweet and heartfelt. I also believe that God brought you to my comment as a connection for our love for Costa Rica and its people. I would love to hear more about the work you are doing there. I will also be praying for you. Thank you for your encouraging words, and if there is anything you would like for me to pray about specifically, you can email me at alb3188 at gmail dot com, and we can discuss Costa Rica 🙂

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    Trisha says:

    My name is Trisha and I live in Michigan. I am 28 with a wonderful husband and two precious sons (3 and 7 months). On the surface my prayer requests are simple: that our house would sell, for guidance with my husband’s job situation, and healing for my dad. In my heart of hearts my requests are more complicated. I want to serve God in the way and in the place He wants me. I want to trust Him to fill me with everything I need instead of looking to others. I want to rely on Him as my teacher, my confidant, and my daddy (not just, Father, but daddy). An older woman who was really my mentor as I have grown in my faith recently moved away and I feel like I have lost my accountability and my listening ear. If I could have a new woman in my life like that, it would be so wonderful. I am so blessed by God, but doing life is still tough. It so helps when a friend is by your side.

    Prayers are appreciated 🙂

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      Joanna Quintero says:

      Trish you can count on me for prayer sister!!! I will be praying for you, for 14 days God is good!! he will answer our prayers in his time! Have a blessed day!

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    Andree Brunk says:

    Beth
    I love receiving your blog. I just signed up about 3 weeks ago. I love your Bible studies, I am doing Jesus The one and only now and every lesson helps me understand so much more about my Jesus. Thank you for your ministry. I have grown a lot from your Bible studies.
    Thank you and God Bless you
    Blessings
    Andree

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    Sierra says:

    Hi, I am 26 and a mom of three; Michael (8), Gabriel (4), and Shiloh (1). I would appreciate the prayers. I really want to be in ministry, I feel a passion to proclaim the Word of God. I want to reach the world around me for Christ. Though, I often feel tired, anxious, and battle low self-confidence. I feel like if I really knew, deep in my bones, that God was totally ‘for’ me and always had my back… I (Christ in me!) would be an unstoppable and major assault to the kingdom of darkness. I would love to be overwhelmed with His love for me, and in turn love Him back with fiery passion and love the people He puts in my path. Thanks, God Bless!

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      Christine says:

      Hey Sierra! I know I’m not supposed to respond because I’m still in my 20s, but I totally get your passion to proclaim the Word of God and your fear and doubt too. I will be praying for you. Remain in Him and let him do this in you. John 15:1-17. And girl, you already are an unstoppable and major assault to the kingdom of darkness.

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    I love this! Thank you.
    My name is Lorrie Beth, and I live in Alabama. I know the Lord has called me to ministry but I’m waiting until I get the green light from Him to jump in full time. I have a great job, but I so desire to continue studying at Beeson Divinity School and work in ministry full time (women’s ministry). I have a strong desire to counsel although I do not foresee formal training in that area. I am praying that God will supernaturally equip me to counsel hurting women.

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      Kyla says:

      Hi Lorrie!

      I am also wanting to counsel and help women who are hurting and struggling. http://www.nanc.org is a wonderful website to go to for resources and it offers training and certification for biblical counseling if you are looking for that. They also have really informative and helpful conferences each year. NANC is the Nouthetic Association for Nouthetic Counselors and is basically a non-profit organization that trains and leads people to use the Bible to help others. I have found it very helpful, so I hope it can be a help to you as well!

      Blessings

      Kyla

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    Sorry…I am 26. 🙂

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    Elizabeth says:

    Wow, all I can say is God lead me here…I found this through BooMama and I definitely need some prayers.

    My name is Elizabeth and I’m 23 years old. I’m currently finishing my first year of veterinary school at the University of Tennessee. The curriculum is brutal and finals are coming up….this semester has been especially difficult because in the last 6 weeks, both of my parents have been diagnosed with cancer. I’m the youngest of three and very close to my parents. I’m in that strange limbo of wanting to drop everything and run home to take care of them, yet knowing that I’m an adult in professional school and I have to keep my head on straight. I’m scared and struggling to keep a smile on my face day after day—I find myself pausing and sending up a prayer several times a day just to keep my composure. I have a great group of close friends who are always there for me thankfully, but the one person who would truly understand what I’m going through is no longer in my life. I broke up with my boyfriend of 3 years last year after we determined that our faith and values were just never going to match up–I wasn’t willing to move forward in a relationship with someone who wouldn’t open his heart to God. I need prayers for discipline for finals and patience that I cannot control my current situation. I have to trust in God’s timing and know that through it all, I can’t be tower of strength all the time.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers!

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      Monique says:

      Elizabeth: I just went to the very end of the posts and found your name. I will pray for you. Your obedience to the Lord will protect you and keep you strong during these trials. He will show Himself powerful in your day to day activity and never leave your side. I will be praying. Blessing, Monique

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      TraciG says:

      Hi Elizabeth!
      I’m the wife of a farmer/rancher in Montana (keep the name of our vet on speed dial!) and step-mom to two, mom to two more, and a cancer survivor.

      I will be praying for you! You have a lot on your plate clearly… One thing I know is that in times of difficulty, sometimes that is when we see and even physically feel God’s hand on our lives. Lean in tight to Him… the situation is like a roller-coaster, but He is steady, sure and unfailing! (If you have a spare minute, the book “When Your World Falls Apart” by David Jeremiah was an amazing encouragement to me in my battle with cancer, and might encourage both you and your folks.)

      I will be praying!

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      Betty M says:

      Dear Elizabeth,
      Wow! What a load you have!!! First of all I want to commend you on sticking to your guns as far as finding a mate who shares your values and morals. You will be blessed for doing this!!!Now onto the other big things in your life. I am old enuf to be your gma at the age of 63 so I have been “around the horn” afew times!!! I am a rancher/farmer’s wife and a budding author in ND!!! I will hold you up in prayer for the next weeks. Remember God is completely in control and everything that touches you life has first sifted through the Hands of God!!! No matter what, trust God not only if and when but trust Him period!! I will pray for you to have the focus you need to get through the tests right now. Vet school is very tough. I have a real love for animals too having a small back yard breeding pool of Morgan horses. With prices so low we have gelded our stallion and keep 4-6 saddle and driving horses and three brood mares. I also have a love affair with minischnauzers having lost my 12 yr old female to cancer last fall, I lasted 5 weeks and adopted an adult with behavioral issues!!! She is totally naughty but I love her just the same!!! I am holding your parents up too that God’s will will be accomplished in thier lives whether it be for a complete cure or otherwise that you will gain the stregnth that whatever life holds for your entire family, you will be a shining example to the world of His love. You obviously are a very caring person to be pulled in so many directions right now. Just keep looking upward becuz that is where your answer and stregnth will come from. I know He is going to bless you beyond measure trust Him for that. Love from the snow covered valleys of ND!!! It is still only 40 degrees here!! Should be in the mid 60’s by now!!!
      Love and giant hugs,
      Betty M

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      Misty says:

      Elizabeth, I live down the road from you in Chattanooga. This is the first time I’ve ever posted, or read a reply for that matter. Lord and Master, God of Heaven and Earth, and Father of Every Living Thing, thank You that You led me into Elizabeth’s path today. She sure sounds special, and You’re entrusting quite a bit to her right now. Thank You that it’s not more than she can handle. Thank You that You know her deepest concerns and worries, and that You’re not a bit caught off guard. Thank You that Elizabeth is wrestling to know what You want her to do. Lead her by the light of Your Word so she can be confident in the path she chooses. I pray for each of her parents to be covered in Jesus’ cleansing blood, especially in the parts of their cancer. I pray also You’ll heal, fill, and seal each of them with Your Holy Spirit. Thank You that You’re a wonderful Bridegroom, and that You are thrilled to fill those deep places of loneliness. I pray You’ll coordinate help between her and her siblings, particularly as they move through this trial emotionally. Protect her, Lord. She needs it in this cold world. She needs to know Your fire burning within her, just like the disciples felt in Luke 24. You also promise Elizabeth abiding joy during this time, in her studies, her caretaking, her worship, and in her friendships. Give her the extra measure of grace and mercy and Your thrilling presence that will sustain her. Keep her attention, Lord, with Your gentle strokes of assurance and great big hugs! So be it, and Amen.

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      Allison says:

      Hi Elizabeth, I would be honored to go to the throne on your behalf. I went to Pharmacy school at UT in Memphis. I understand the pressures you are under at school. I will be praying for both of your parents. I know God will hear your pleas and give you the strength and wisdom to make any decisions you need to make. I will lift you up as you continue to turn to God as relationships end. I am proud of you for honoring Him in your decisions. I know He will guide you and give you strength. You are covered in prayers. Allison

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      Anne says:

      Elizabeth,
      I have a friend who finished vet school a year ago and she often shared how difficult it was, especially finals. I can imagine how torn you must feel after the diagnosis that both your parents received. As a parent of a 24 and 28 year old, I know I would strongly encourage them to concentrate and finish out this semester that they had poured so much effort in. I know you want to be there for them but they probably would want you to finish up these last few weeks well. I am praying for God to give you a supernatural ability to concentrate, understand and recall the material you are studying. May you rest in the peace that He lavishly loves each of your parents and is with them and is guiding their doctors as they plan their treatments. May you hold tightly to your heavenly Father as He holds you tightly. You don’t have to be strong for Jesus.Remember when you are weak He is strong. You do not face this alone. God’s power via His spirit is inside you.This same power raised Jesus from the tomb.Cry out to God. Tell Him everything you are feeling. He wants you to share everything with Him. This communication will grow your relationship with Him. I love 1 Peter 5:7 out of the Amplified Bible, “Casting the whole of your care – all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all – on Him; for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” None of anything that has happened is a surprise to God. Trust Him! He is in control and He is working mightily behind the scenes. You are so wise not to continue a relationship with someone who wasn’t equally yoked. Satan knows that you are vulnerable right now and He is jumping at the chance to make you think about what you have given up and making you think that the relationship would make this easier. But satan is a deceiver. God has a wonderful future planned for you and He will bring you the right person at the perfect time. He knows you better than you know yourself and He will bless you for your obedience in following His ways. I will be praying for you and your family for peace, strength, comfort and healing.

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      Sara Swan says:

      Hey Elizabeth, I will be praying for you!

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      Christine says:

      My heart really went out to you when I read this. I am a UTCVM grad c/o 2010 and remember all too well the stresses from vet school especially finals week (anatomy..not fun). I am headed to Knoxville this weekend for a wedding and if you need to sit down and talk to someone and pray with you, I would love the opportunity (wanted to check out the new equine area anyway). But I am praying for and if you would like to private message through email, Facebook, etc… let me know. Take care and you can do this!

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      Debi says:

      Dear Elizabeth,
      I just decided to check Beth’s website before heading off to bed, and saw your request at the end….It will be an honor to pray for you, precious one. The Lord will grant you ALL that you in need during this time in your life. His promises are always greater than our problems. You are never and will never be alone…thanks to our loving God and His children.
      I will be praying for your parents and will have my 8 year old son pray for them as well.
      Love from your sister in Christ…

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      Kimberly says:

      Elizabeth,
      Read your post and immediately went to prayer. When we are weak, He is strong! He will be your strong tower. I will be praying for you in the months ahead, and for your family. Can only imagine how hard what is before you is. But God is faithful. I pray He will wrap His arms of love around you, and your family. May He give you grace, faith, hope, strength, courage, focus and disciplince Whatever is needed daily.

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      Mary DeSandro says:

      Hi Elizabeth, I was going to scan through these quickly and maybe come back later when I had more time to read them all carefully but your situation compelled me to write and pray for you. I have a senior in college going through her final weeks and finishing her senior thesis so I understand the stress you are under. I also love animals as you do and own a horse and 2 dogs. I cannot fathom having two parents with cancer but I have a brother with terminal cancer so I know how to pray for you on that level. I am sure you would like to be home with them but if it was my daughter I would want her to finish on at school. May God give you peace and clarity of mind to finish the semester! Also believe that He has the right partner in life for you! Pour your heart out to Jesus. He is there for you! I am happy to lift you up! Love, Mary

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      Kara says:

      Elizabeth, I am praying for you. I am praying for strength and peace as you endure the agony of the unknown with your parents. I pray that you lean on Jesus as your main support through the toughness of vet school. I pray that you feel the delight of God as you pray to Him without ceasing. I pray that you will continue to seek God increasingly and that the fire to know Him and share His love will grow brighter every day.

      I often pray this, my daughters’ memory verse, when I am anxious – I keep my eyes always on The Lord, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:8. I will pray this for you.

      My name is Kara, I am 35 and live in the suburbs of Houston, TX

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    Kristin Kohlmeyer says:

    Hi guys! My name is Kristin Kohlmeyer and I just turned 20. I’m from Austin, Texas and I go to school at the University of Oklahoma. I’m just at a place right now where school is wearing on me and I’m impatient to graduate. So I would just ask you for prayer to seek The Lord before anything else on this earth right where I am, with my whole heart; to not try to accomplish anything out of my own will, but rather trust in His perfect plan; and to just appreciate how FAITHFUL he really is in everything, all the time.

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      Mickey says:

      I am Mickey, mother of 4 in Missouri, and I would love to pray for you, Kristin. I have a daughter in your exact position right now (and I know a bit about Norman, too 😉 Take 1 semester at a time, live 1 day at a time. God needs you where you are, as an undergraduate at OU. Take that assignment with honor.

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    Heather says:

    Hey! My name is Heather, I am 26 years old, and live in Mississippi. I work as a pediatric critical care nurse, and have been in this area of the medical field for five years! (I still cannot believe it–it is a total God thing!) I am immensely blessed in my career, as I get to love on some amazing kiddos and their families. I recently started volunteering once a week in a low-income medical clinic in my area. I wish I could truly convey how much the Lord has blessed me through this clinic in the past few months, but sometimes words fail me. I have been blessed with renewed vigor for my calling as a nurse, renewed motivation, and overwhelming joy. All I can say is God is good!

    I am currently single, and most days the Lord telling me how much He loves me overwhelms my heart SO much (thank you Jesus!), but there are those moments where I have been asking, “When will I be in the role of a wife, as you have made me to desire, God?” To just be completely honest, sometimes in the midst of waiting, it gets hard. Thankfully, the hard moments are only moments–the Lord has been blessing me with showing me what His unfailing love is really all about these days, and all I can say is, WOW!

    As I continue in my present circumstances, I just want Jesus. And I want Him to be what I want the most. God is already answering that prayer, but I just want more of Him. And I want to share who He is with others in community with others and as I serve. I have been convicted about how selfish I am with my time off from work, and am looking for/praying for more opportunities to serve Him.

    Many, many thanks for this post–I am so grateful for you using this platform as a way to intercede in prayer for women my age!

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    Lindsay says:

    Hi. My name is Lindsay from Northwest Houston. I’m so thankful to have come across this post today, you have no idea, and am deeply, deeply thankful for your prayers. Let me just preface this with a prayer I prayed when I was fed up with trying to make things work on my own… I, like many single women out there, was wondering where in the world is this man of God that I am supposed to marry? I told God to please write my love story and my life story for that matter because He could do a much better job at it than I. And boy did He ever. The past two years of my life I would have never expected in a million years!

    After I graduated from university I began working with graphics and everything media related with a ministry here in the Houston area. I have been so blessed to be a part of it and been able to see souls won and lives changed every day for God’s glory. Two years ago we went on a trip to Europe for a conference and I met a wonderful, God-fearing man, and we kept in touch when I returned home. It’s a long story, but basically our relationship grew from that point, we began speaking every day, and now we have very recently engaged! It has not been a piece of cake though, and I think anyone who has ever been in a long distance relationship would agree that it can be H-A-R-D. But we’ve pushed through the difficult times, made it past some significant setbacks (including a denial for a visitors visa to the USA to meet my family) and continue to surrender it all to God. I knew from the moment our relationship began that it was orchestrated by God (event though I would never imagined He would design a worldwide relationship for me!) and it has been the biggest blessing in my life!

    There are a lot of really big decisions in the road ahead, and a lot of sacrifices to be made on both of mine and my fiance’s side. We want so much to do what God wants us to do, and we need prayer for wisdom, peace, courage and guidance.

    We have recently submitted our petition for a fiance visa that will allow him to come to the USA. We know everything is in His hands and trust Him for favour. Nothing is guaranteed with the visa, and sometimes it can be quite overwhelming, and causes stress between the two of us. There has been a lot of tests which has definitely brought out our true colours, which I’m thankful for, and we have somehow managed to love each other more through it all :).

    So I’m here, spending my engagement away from my fiance, awaiting word about his visa, and I need to remember not to let thoughts and circumstances take over. I never want to be satisfied in my relationship with God and in my love for others, not matter where life leads. I really do appreciate your prayers.

    Beth, thank you so much for your faithfulness to God. You truly bless my socks off! I’ve been to a few of your Tuesday Bible studies and I have left so many times in awe of the goodness of God (and with my head and heart racing about the Word!). Thank you and much love.

    Lindsay

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    Charissa says:

    Hi my name is Charissa and I am 22 and live in Oregon. I am in school working on a degree in public health and really want to pursue a graduate degree in naturopathic medicine. I recently started experiencing severe mood swings and was diagnosed with bipolar dissorder. I struggle everyday with fears that nobody will want to marry me or that i shouldn’t have kids because they might get it. It has also made it very difficult to keep up with my schoolwork and I am terrified that I won’t be able to finish school and do what I love. I have also had a really hard time building close friendships with Christian girls my age since moving back to my hometown.

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    Macie R. says:

    Hi! I’m Macie from East Texas and I’m 24. I am working on my teaching certificate and getting married in July. Many changes are going on in my life – I’m making a career switch, getting married and moving to Fort Worth. Please pray that God will have His hand on me – I know that I am following His will, but really am stepping out on faith in moving and beginning a teaching career. Also please pray that He guides my fiancé, Logan, and I as we begin a marriage together. We are so in love and just thrilled. Thank you! : )

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    Melissa says:

    My name is Melissa. I’m 28, living in Southern CA. I have 3 young kids (3 yrs, 2 yrs, 7 mo) and am married to an amazing Jesus-loving man. I’d love prayer on staying in God’s word and in prayer during these crazy years while my kids are so young and I’m so busy. I also would love prayer that my marriage stays Christ-focused and we are able to protect it. Thank you so much in advance!!!

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      Pam Houston says:

      Melissa, You’ve got my prayers and praise God for His amazing grace in your life…your darling kids, godly man and busy life! May the LORD show you a strategy to stay in discipleship in His WORD during these busy years. I lift your marriage to the LORD and pray that your covenant and vows to the LORD will stand through the test of time and trials and that you will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living and you will declare His WORD is true and shine for Him!
      Blessings!
      A So. Cal Siesta~

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      Kim says:

      Hi! I am honored to pray for you Melissa. My daughter is close to your age with 2 young children. Your life with three little ones is certainly very busy. I will be praying for you, your husband and your marriage and your children.

      God knows your every need and He also knows your heart. May you blessed with quiet time and may Jesus be the center of your marriage – always!

      Praying for you!
      Kim

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    Stephanie says:

    My name is Stephanie Frakes. I’m 22 years old living in Abilene, TX, originally from McAllen, TX. I am fresh out of college and teach elementary music, seeing (and therefore having influence upon) 300+ students K-5 each day. Really, I’m just a young woman who sees all God has done for her, loves Him madly, and is trying to find her place in this “grown up” world. My passion is to live and love, an instrument of God’s glory and a vessel for His Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.

    The part of Beth’s post that resonates the most with me is the idea of maintaining love and a willingness to be exposed. People often describe me as tenderhearted and in my profession-ministry that is a gift. The flip side of deep love, though, is grief and I don’t ever want to stop loving and letting God love through me just because it hurts sometimes.

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    Claire says:

    Hi! I’m Claire from Georgia!

    I am 24 years old, a history teacher and will be getting married a little less than a year from now! I will be moving to a different part of the state over the summer to start the new chapter of my life in the same area as my fiance. His whole family lives there and we are all VERY involved in the church, however I am still very apprehensive about moving. My mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and though it is not an aggressive form, she will still have to go through both chemo and radiation therapy. It is a very exciting, yet scary time in my life! I was definitely led through the spirit upon Beth’s blog today! I use clips from her bible studies in the girl’s youth study that I co-lead at my church. Even though I pray for my mom and my future everyday, I guess I am constantly seeking peace and guidance for the next day and step I need to take. It is also a little piece of encouragement knowing that a stranger (but sister in Christ) will pray for you!

    Blessings, hugs and love!

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      Sheryl says:

      Hi, Claire! I was scrolling through these posts asking the Lord to draw me to a particular one, and I believe He led me to yours. I am 52 years old and live in Pennsylvania. My daughter is 28 and an English teacher in a high school and I used to be an elementary school teacher. When I read about your mom, my heart was so moved. Twice I have had breast cancer “scares” (most recently 2 months ago) which led to biopsies and much anxiety. When I was just a little younger than you, my father lost a kidney to cancer. I prayed that the Lord would allow him to live to walk me down the aisle at my wedding. Today he is 78 years old and I have been married 31 years! My dear husband is a cancer survivor of 36 years as well. So God does heal and nothing is impossible with Him! I have been going through a very difficult year and know that something that will help me stay focused is to pray for someone else. I am committing to pray for you, for your mom, for your move, for your upcoming marriage, and for peace and guidance for you. I love the way you said you are “seeking” peace and guidance. God will certainly hear you and honor that humble request. I hope knowing that I am praying for you is an encouragement to you. I have learned that life is truly bittersweet. In the midst of joys and excitement there are always challenges and trials. It is a process to learn how to balance both. I have a little sign in my house that says “Dance in the Rain.” Enjoy your blessings and let God handle your fears and anxieties. He can take it! Much love to you.

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    Ann says:

    Hi there,

    My name is Ann, I am 21years old and I live in San Fran, Bay Area. I would love some prayer! The Lord has been so wonderful to me and has given me an incredible job for the past 6 months working with youth to care about social injustice. However, soon I am off overseas to do worship ministry. I am excited but I am also very nervous about living overseas by myself.

    Also, lately, my desire to really seek God has grown small. I am struggling to take my mind captive and really pursue righteousness. It’s somewhat shameful as well as I am heavily involved in ministry.

    Over 6 months ago now, I broke up with my boyfriend because I found that he really wasn’t a Christian and was just pretending to be one. He forced me into things physically which now means I am so ashamed, I feel guilty and more than that, my heart is so broken. I want to be able to love a Godly man but I can’t see past this.

    At the end of last year, I went on a missions trip and my heart was so broken for Gods people. I feel at a cross road as I go and pursue worship for I also know that my heart beats for the lost and those in poverty. I really just want to do God’s will for my life

    I would love some prayer if possible! Thank you so much for being such warriors for our Lord.

    Ann

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      Karen says:

      Hi Ann! My name is Karen and I am from Springdale Arkansas. I am honored to come along side you (via blog) and pray blessings over you. I am in my late 40’s and one of my grown kids does long-term ministry overseas working with children who are caught in the hunman traffiking web. Your post says your desire to seek God has grown small. My dear, I love your honesty and I am certain God does as well. Please know that I will be lifting up you to the throne in prayer daily.
      karen

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    Jessica says:

    Hey Y’all! I’m Jessica, a southern girl a heart, living in San Diego, California. I am 27 years old and did not expect to find myself where I am at this age, but I am so blessed! Two years ago I went through an unexpected divorce from my husband of five years. It came as a complete shock as I found my world turned up-side down. Since then God has faithfully blessed me with a world of second chances for a girl who is redeemed, forgiven, and loved. Now I feel a nudge on my heart to share my story with others. It’s one that if I keep to myself God won’t get an ounce of glory, but I want Him to. God is faithful and has done so much in my life! And in order for me to share my story that means I have to be transparent (and heartfelt vulnerability can be a scary!), but you better believe I want to be obedient.

    Please pray that I’ll be obedient to God’s voice, that He would not give me more than my character and heart can handle, and that I will continue to seek Him whole heartedly. I just started the framework to a blog sharing my story and I pray that at least one sweet gal who reads it would be encouraged by God’s gracious work.
    Oh, the expectant heart I have for God’s work. Please pray for me!
    Love,
    Jes

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      JoAnne says:

      Hi Jes, I live in Victoria, BC (Canada). Your request caught my attention as I too went through an unexpected divorce after 5 years of marriage and I have also been blessed with new adventures in life. I moved out to the west coast to get a new start, and have found a wonderful life out here. So grateful that God is faithful and that He carries us through it all.

      I will be praying for you and your new blog. That God will give you the courage to share your story, to be transparent (that’s hard!), and that many, many people will be blessed and encouraged by your story.

      JoAnne

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    Christine says:

    My name is Christine and I’m from Canada. I am 27, and I am desperate for more of Jesus. I just want to be where he is and do what he’s doing. Like seriously desperate. And I know he’s put that in me. I used to be a workoholic and it totally defined me. I was super ambitious and career-oriented and had a lot of success. I recently quit a really good job with an amazing salary. I had a lot of influence, the opportunity to use my brains and my communication and people skills and it was the sort of thing people would have only dreamed of being able to do at my age. But I was pursuing my career more than I was pursuing God. It became like a noose around my neck. I was working 12+ hours per day, plus weekends and I thought I was where God wanted me because I was using abilities he had given me. But it was sucking the life out of me. I had no hope, no joy, no peace, and I knew God was leading me out of it. He told me that I couldn’t serve two masters. So I quit. It was the hardest decision I have ever made. Totally burned out and depressed, I took a few months to rest and recoup and during that time, God came through like I’ve never experienced before. It is amazing!!! He’s everything I’ve ever wanted!!!! HE IS SO GOOD!!!!!!!! Anyways, now I’m working as a temp at this boring office job where I’m at the bottom of the totem pole and they don’t have enough work for me, so I spend a lot of the time just reading and praying and being in His presence. It’s the sweetest gift ever. He just keeps reminding me that I’m his daughter and that he loves me and to just abide in him while he plans out my life. I know that this is a time of rest and he’s repositioning me for something else. I can feel it. I really want to just serve him. I really want him to use the abilities he’s given me for his purposes. I can’t wait for his plan to unfold. Beth’s post about guarding our hearts is exactly what I want prayer for. I don’t want to lose the passion he’s given me for him. I want a lot of things in life, but more than anything, I want to experience Him, whatever the cost. And I don’t want that fire to go out ever. He’s the best thing there is. I need wisdom for decisions that are coming. My current employer wants to extend my contract and give me permanent work, I’m just not sure this is where God wants me and I don’t want to seek security if he has something more adventurous out there for me. Also, I want a husband.

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    Joanna Quintero says:

    Hi everyone my name is Joanna I’m from Los Angeles, California I’m 29yrs old a mother of 3 beautiful girls 2 which are twins. I would just really appreciate if someone would pray for my Husband Emilio and my family. My season right now is a bit hard and I really just need God to over shower my family with his peace and love. Also for our finances, and trusting that God’s will be done always in our lives. Thank you and I appreciate you all! GBU

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      Kathy says:

      Hi Joanna – Please know I am lifting up you, Emilio and your sweet family in prayer as you go through this season in your life. So many young families are faced with the daily struggles of life, whether it be finances, relationships, or just making it all balance. I’ve been there. Have faith, stay strong and know God provides our needs and hears our prayers. – God Bless! Kathy (Tennessee)

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    Tashika says:

    Tashika, 28-Elk Grove, Ca- I want to be on fire for God like I use to be. I suffered a detour in my life and I have felt stuck. I want to Trust that God is in control in my life and to stop comparing my life to my past expectations of my self as well as expectations set by the world.

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    Meghan says:

    Hi!

    My name is Meghan and I’m 27 and live in Roswell, NM. I have been married 5 years next month and have two boys, one 4 and one 9 months. I would love to have prayer just for life in general. Sometimes life gets overwhelming in so many areas that it feels as though it’s spinning out of control. I would just like prayer for my marriage to continue to grow, for me to be the mother that my boys need and an example of Jesus to them, for finances, and for more spiritual growth and to continue to keep digging deeper into His Word. Thank you so much for the prayers in advance!

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      sylvia payne says:

      Hi Meghan,
      I live about 3hrs from Roswell NM. I’m in El Paso,Tx. I will be praying for you and asking our powerful God to reveal himself to you as you dig dipper into his word. Life can feel out of control at times but remember that He is in control of it. Keep the faith sister!!

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    Kelli says:

    My name is Kelli and I’m 28 yrs old in Indianapolis. I have recently experienced a miscarriage and so deeply desire to become a mama, so we are trying again. My faith is filled with mountains and valleys and I recognize when Satan aims to take me down. I would ask for prayer that I would deeply hunger for Gods word! Also, many times, fear about how God will use me cripples me from doing anything at all. Pray for boldness, courage and faith. I’m so humbled that someone might lift me up in prayer- thank you fellow siesta!

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      Pam Houston says:

      Dearest Siesta Kelli,
      God bless you dearest in your most holy faith as you reach forward in abiding faith, hope and love to become a Mother. My heart aches for your pain in having suffered a miscarriage, but I am proud of you in the LORD for “trying again!” No doubt about it, you are engaged in a spiritual warfare against our adversary, but “Greater is He that is within you!” May your desire to be filled with God’s Word cause you to believe and confess that the Word of God abides in you and delivers you to perfect soundness of mind and wholeness in body and spirit from the deepest parts of your nature “in Christ Jesus…” He is your life and it is His desire for you and your dear husband to experience His goodness in the land of the living! You will be in my prayers for your boldness…that you would “dare to be bold” in all courage and faith, and in that boldness you will shine for your generation to the glory of God. I am a 65 year old Grandma who can testify to the goodness of the of the LORD in the land of the living and it is my honor and joy to pray for you dear Kelli, and God’s plans and purposes for your life to be revealed as you walk forward in your journey by faith in our “One and Only!” Victory is sure, saith the LORD! AMEN!
      Love you so in Him,
      Pam H. So. Cal Siesta ~ We will be traveling in our RV and will be back in Indiana this summer for a family wedding! Friend me on FB and maybe we can connect! 🙂

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    Carley says:

    Wow, as others have said, this is such a timely post, Beth.

    My name is Carley, I’m 28 years old, and I live in the north Texas area. I work as an un-licensed architect, and for a while now, I’ve felt very strongly that I need to be in another line of work, but I’m unsure about what that should be. I really don’t feel like what I’m doing in my career is benefiting the Kingdom in any way. Many of the alternative options that I’ve considered (including staying in my current profession), require going back to school. I don’t object to the idea of school itself, but I already have significant student loan debt, and I’d need to take out more loans to go back – which seems pretty unwise. I’m also single and have no children, and I’m quickly becoming a minority among my peers, closest friends, and church family. Would you please pray that the Lord would light a passion in me to serve Him wherever He calls; that I would hear Him guiding me clearly; that I would have the courage to be obedient; that I would trust Him to provide if His call involves financial risk; that I would be patient in waiting and joyful if I’m meant to remain single?

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    Ayla Zimanek says:

    My name is Ayla (like Kayla but without the K) and I currently live in Providence, RI. I’ve moved a lot throughout my life and I’ll be embarking on yet another adventure here soon! I’m 22 years old and graduating with my MBA mid May when I’ll be off to Maine for six months working in restaurant management and then transferred to the Keys for the remaining six. My family currently lives in Alabama and it has been incredibly hard for me to find a strong Christian family in New England. I’m completely overwhelmed with looming graduation, finishing term projects, leaving dear friends, packing and selling all that I own and starting a new position even farther away from everyone I love. Prayers and scripture are appreciated and welcome! God Bless!

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    Carrie Bolt says:

    And He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in and give us the land that He swore to give to our fathers deut 6:23 esv

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